Located 1.5 km from the coast of Portsmouth in Hampshire, United Kingdom, this 134-year-old fort was originally used to protect the British coast against enemy ships and light aircraft. It featured several large cannons and could house 150 men who slept in hammocks. Since 1982, this historic landmark has been in the hands of private owners. In the late 2000s it was used as a venue for dance parties. It was auctioned off for one million pounds in 2009. After an investment of three million pounds, it has been transformed into an exclusive island. The current owners purchased the sea fortress in 2010 and after extensive renovation built a hotel, which opened its doors in the second half of 2012.According to one booking company, “This private island incorporates everything that is elite and unique. With a champagne bar, wine tasting room, restaurant, roof top sun decks, hot tub, water sport activities and more – the facilities are endless. There is nothing that has not been thought of. The nine lavish bedroom suites can sleep up to 18 and for larger receptions the function space can take up to 60. Groups can hire the fort exclusively for £5,000 which includes lunch upon arrival, a champagne reception, a three-course dinner and breakfast the following morning. Many of the fort’s original features have been kept intact; the gun ports have been transformed into bedroom windows offering sea views.Clarenco LLP currently owns Spitbank in addition to Horse Sand Fort and No Man’s Land Fort. Mark Watts, general manager of the hotel, told the Daily Mail: “It was an empty shell when we bought it in 2010. ‘It has been used for various things in the past but we had this plan to turn it into a luxury hotel in the middle of the Solent. We’ve been open for five months now and we’ve had an amazing response. It’s obviously been popular with men and we have had a few birthday celebrations here for 40th’s, 50th’s and 60th’s. It is normally the wives who book it up as a treat for their husbands but they end up enjoying it here just as much as the men. The hot tub on the roof terrace and crow’s nest bar have gone down very well and I think our guests see it as a really fun venue.